Community Manager Milda Ratkelyte checks out hostels in Singapore and came up with the 10 most highly-recommended by travellers.
Five years ago I stopped over in Singapore for a night after backpacking in Thailand and Malaysia. Boy, was it a shocker to pay USD 70 for a hostel room, which was the size of a shoebox.
The worn-out bed was wall-to-wall and took up all the space we had. In order to reach the toilet (which by the way didn’t have a functioning door because you could only go in sideways) you had to step over the bed. This horrific one night stay cost us more than 7 nights’ accommodation in Thailand! However, back then there were only a handful of low-budget accommodation options available in Singapore.
Today, brand new hostels are popping up on every corner, competing with each other with better amenities, facilities, services as well as prices. Some I’d say could even compete with hotels looking at the standards they provide. So if you are planning to stop by in Singapore and are looking for reasonably-priced accommodation, have a look at our list of most popular hostels in Singapore.
How did we select our most popular Singapore hostels?
- Highly rated by travellers like you, with a minimum average score of 4/6
- Highly recommended by travellers like you, with a minimum average score of 86%
- 100% genuine reviews, only from guests who have booked through AsiaRooms.com
A shophouse is a hybrid building form that is commonly found in the historical centres of most town and cities in Southeast Asia. Shophouse The Social Hostel lies along Arab Street, admist a smattering of indie shops and shabby-chic watering holes. It offers comfortable, refurbished rooms, useful facilities and a pretty awesome rooftop which buzzes with travellers sharing their semi-nomadic lifestyles every night. Hit the bustling Blu Jaz Café on Haji Lane or look out for some hidden gems in the Arab quarter (Bar Stories and Maison de Ikkoku) to get a custom-made drink by truly talented mixologists. The nearest MRT station is Bugis.
Bunc Hostel is a 233-bed, 3-storey hostel strategically located at Upper Weld Road, within the culturally rich Little India historical district in Singapore. The hostel offers full air-conditioning, complimentary wi-fi, kitchenette facilities, recreation rooms with gaming facilities, an outdoor tanning deck, commercial washer-dryers, a ladies-only floor and roomy Bunc beds that maximize personal space and privacy. Bunc@Radius prides itself on its holistic approach to service, not merely to ensure that you are comfortable at the hostel itself, but for you to have an enjoyable stay in Singapore. So make sure to check out their fun desk to help you plan a fun-filled journey around the city.
Moni Gallery Hostel is one of Singapore’s latest additions to the backpackers list. Its artsy concept is what makes it stand out from other hostels. Moni has a wide variety of paintings and sculptures in the art gallery for you to admire over a chilled out afternoon or with your morning coffee. Located 5 minutes’ walk from Boon Keng MRT station, it is in the culturally rich quarter of Little India close to the 24-hour Mustafa Shopping Centre. This ethnic quarter is packed with authentic Indian eateries, colourful Hindu temples and bargain jewellery and crafts shops. The hostel provides free wi-fi and breakfast is served throughout the day.
Bunc @ Radius Clarke Quay is a brand-new 70-bed, 5-storey hostel strategically located at 36 South Bridge Road, within the culturally rich Chinatown historical district in Singapore. A new addition to Bunc @ Radius Little India, this hostel also offers full air-conditioning, complimentary wi-fi, lounge with gaming facilities, commercial washer-dryers and most of all – custom-made, roomy Bunc beds. Each Bunc bed is luxuriously appointed with duvet covers and plush pillows and not to forget personal power point outlets and lamps within each bed cubicle.
Backpackers’ Inn Chinatown is located in the heart of Chinatown, only 5 minutes walk from Chinatown MRT Station and Chinatown Heritage Centre. All rooms are fully air conditioned and the hostel provides free wi-fi. Chinatown is the perfect choice for food and bargain lovers. Smith Street just around the corner has a wide choice of food stalls from Chinese to Thai, Malay, Indian and more at a very reasonable price. My favourite spot is a small family run Chinese dumpling shop called Lan Zhou La Mian, where you can watch the chef working the dough for your noodles. Hostel guests get to enjoy special rates for all drinks at Cow & Coolies Karaoke Bar located at the ground level.
WokeHome Capsule Hostel is located in Clarke Quay, a historical riverside area famous for nightlife, dining, entertainment and heritage buildings. The Clarke Quay MRT station is only 5 minutes away. WokeHome Hostel’s concept is quite unique. They offer private capsule rooms each equipped with a 15-inch flat TV, foldable table, a mini lamp, personal headphones, power socket, air ventilation and roll up shades or blinds. The hostel also offers free wi-fi and laundry facilities. For more in- depth information check out our comprehensive review of this hostel here.
Rucksack Inn is a cosy, comfortable and clean hostel, conveniently located within close proximity to Clarke Quay, Singapore’s nightlife destination. All the rooms feature air conditioning as well as wireless internet access throughout the entire hostel. Check out a nearby hidden bar - 28 Hong Kong Street. This New York-inspired bar’s levels of discretion might border on the extreme, but the thrill of uncovering its practically secret hideout and securing a seat makes the experience just so much sweeter.
Nestled in the heart of Farrer Park, ABC Premium Hostel is only a minute walk away from Farrer Park MRT and a 5 minutes’ train ride into the city center. The hostel provides excellent value for money paired with cutting edge technology. Each bed comes with a security key card which gives access to a personal locker, personal luggage storage and personal shoe storage! Free wi-fi and breakfast is also available in the hotel. Check out Cambridge Road Market and Food Centre also known to locals as Pek Kio. This is where many convene for $0.50 cups of kopi at Xiang Xiang Coffee Stall or the best pineapple tarts at Le Café Confectionery. Read more about this hostel from our guest writer Jaime Davila of Breakaway Backpacker.
Mitraa means ‘Friend’ in Sanskrit, hence the ultimate motto of The Mitraa Backpakers Hostel where you can share your experiences with other travellers and find a home away from home. The hostel is equipped with free wi-fi in public areas, air conditioned rooms and comfortable beds with 8-inch thick orthopaedic mattresses. It’s just 5 minutes away from Farrer Park MRT.
Lofi Inn is located at the heart of historic Little India, just 10 minutes walk from the city centre and Orchard Road, a famous shopping and entertainment district. All the rooms and lounge are fully air-conditioned and unlimited free wi-fi is provided. Check out their rooftop bar SKIVE 43 after a busy day of sightseeing around Singapore. You’ll find a mixed bunch of travellers and locals up there as news of the view, location and friendly environment of this bar has spread around quick.